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Although modest in terms of investment, the resumption of poultry and piggery farms in the former N’Sele Presidential Agro-industrial Domain (DAIPN) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could become one of the success stories in efforts by the Bank to mitigate the impact of the food crisis in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs).
The African Food Crisis Response (AFCR) approved in July 2008, is the Bank’s framework for accelerated support to RMCs affected by high food prices. The Response is designed to reduce the vulnerability of the poor to high and unstable food prices; support broad-based growth through increased agricultural productivity, strengthen government policies for sustainable agricultural development; as well as strengthen the government’s capacity to ensure an enabling environment for sustainable agricultural growth, including private sector participation.
The N’Sele Farms project, designed to achieve these objectives, comprises four components:
“The N’Sele farms will provide Kinshasa residents with chickens for next year’s (2010) new year’s celebrations. We have to ensure that our people have enough food to eat,” Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Minister, Norbert Basengezi Katintima, announced few weeks before the end of 2009.
This promise was fulfilled on December 23, 2009, when a sales bazaar of the once famous "Soso ya N'sele" was launched. The table birds were the first products of the farms funded by AfDB to the tune of 8 million dollars (UA 5.323 million). Launched on 1 October 2009, the project was designed to improve food security by boosting livestock production as well as reducing huge imports of meat, poultry and eggs. It would make the products cheaper and within the reach of the poor as well as serve as a guide on revitalizing the country’s poultry sector.
The project comprises:
The results speak for themselves:
The enterprise has turned out to be a pleasant surprise to the Bank’s DRC Resident Representative, Médjomo Coulibaly, and the project supervisor, Bakach Dikanda Kadiata. People are really amazed that in just under three months, the AfDB Response to the Food Crisis had delivered the much-sought after "Soso ya N'Sele” (the "N'Sele chicken is here”) which had been missing for decades. “The chicken sales launch on December 23, 2009, in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and other government officials (including the Presidency), traditional leaders and beneficiaries, was a colorful event, covered by many national radio and television stations. The Bank has been commended severally for this brilliant action which leaves no one indifferent in the country," Mr. Kadiata said.
Furthermore, the N’Sele farms’ successful re-launch in record time appears to have strengthened the government’s determination to replicate the project in other parts of the country: